Today’s Reading - Luke 24:36-53
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” - Luke 24:45-49
Meditation - The Promise
Ten days before the Holy Spirit was given, Jesus was taken up into heaven. It happened near Bethany and He left with blessing. Jesus certainly had the blessing of His Father but he also blessed the disciples before he left them. Just before that moment Jesus had reaffirmed to the disciples the promise of the coming Holy Spirit. It had to be the hope they were clinging to. If fulfilled the last three years of dramatic change in their life was not wasted and they would be part of fulfilling many other promises and literally a movement that would change the world. As much as we talk of the anxiety and fear within the disciples of Jesus leaving them, we get a glimpse of the hope they embraced in their heart. They knew this promise would be honored by the One they have given their life to serve. After Jesus had ascended into heaven, the disciples worshiped and were filled with joy and continually found themselves at the temple praising God. When we place our hope in Jesus Christ, we are clinging to the promise the Holy Spirit will fulfill in us every promise of God related to his kingdom and the work of the Spirit in us. Now that’s hope. The promise of the Holy Spirit is not merely another piece of a great story, but it is truly life and life more abundantly. Have hope today. The promise was fulfilled.
Heavenly Father, may we receive the promise of your coming Holy Spirit once again today. May our hope be grounded in you and all that the fulfillment of your promise means. Give us assurance of faith that you will do what you say you will do. We live in great hope today even though many feel hopeless. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Personal Prayer Focus - Receive the promise as your hope today.